They say that facts don’t change people’s minds, feelings do. You can make an air-tight logical argument and back it with facts but it will never sway people as much as a meme on Twitter. Maze Runner: The Death Cure understands this and rather than spend time and energy on plot logistics, simply goes for the emotional core and drives from there. As nonsensical as the plot is, as contrived the situations, Maze Runner: The Death Cure is exciting. Sure I had to work to suspend my disbelief, rolled my eyes so often I was worried my face would stick that way, but still it was a good time. Read more
As evidenced by The Hurt Locker and Zero Dark Thirty, director Kathryn Bigelow is no stranger to tense movies. While Detroit is another rigid movie from the Oscar-winning director, this depiction of the racially-charged events that transpired in Motown 50 years ago is her most unsettling movie yet. First and foremost, you should know this movie is not an easy watch; while this movie is meant to start discussions, there is no happy ending here. If you see Detroit, you’re likely to leave the movie angry. Even though Bigelow does not hold back when it comes to telling this story, it is also jagged and in need of editing. If you were to cut 40 minutes from Detroit, you would have yourself a harrowing American classic; I would even say it would be a front-runner for Best Picture at next year’s Oscars. But that’s not the case here. Despite Detroit’s issues, it’s still a captivating movie with a gut-wrenching story worth your attention. Read more
From 20th Century Fox and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu (Birdman) comes The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter. The movie, based on the novel from Michael Punke, is set for limited release December 25th and wide theatrical release January 8th.